Discussions regarding Horseshoe Bend's participation in the Great American Clean-Up was the focus of the city council's March 19 meeting.
Mayor Bob Barnes encouraged all Horseshoe Bend residents to "do their part" to beautify the town during the May 12 event and said refreshments and hot dogs would be provided to all participants.
"I have no doubt there will be more people cleaning up than hot dogs to feed them," Barnes said.
In other city council business, the council voted to spend $2,557 to repair two, and purchase one new storm warning siren.
March 1 Izard County Office of Emergency Management Director Dennis Williams evaluated the city's storm warning systems and found that three of six were damaged, Barnes said.
Though the majority of the council was in agreement regarding the repairs, Alderman Smiley Lenard opposed the motion saying that the working sirens seemed ineffective. He proposed the city do their own evaluation before any money was spent.
While in discussions, Lenard also asked the council to look into the possibility of increasing fines for unsanitary conditions at residences.
He said the penalty is a $40 fine that can be paid in installments.
"They pay the fine but never improve anything," Lenard said. "We need to give them something that will put a dent in their pocket book."
Lenard suggested that an individual's initial fine for unsanitary conditions be raised to $100 and repeat offenders be charged $200 for unseemly property.
Barnes made numerous appointments to various city committees.
Mac James was appointed to replace a member of the Horseshoe Bend municipal street improvement district. James is replacing Chuck Miller whose term expires at the end of March.
Barnes also appointed Al Comen, Steve Smith, Dick LeMere, Bill Brackett, James Davis, Jerry Smith and John Everett to the city's newly created planning commission.
The new appointments were made after the council voted to disband and re-define the planning commission during their February meeting.
John Sutton was appointed as a new member to Horseshoe Bend's airport commission.